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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyjólfr Valgerðarson (EValg)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Eyjólfr Valgerðarson, Islænder, d. omkr. 985. (AI, 100, BI, 95).

Skj poems:

Eyjólfr (EValg), from an established family in Eyjafjörður, northern Iceland (Ldn, ÍF 1, 27), was the father of Guðmundr inn ríki ‘the Mighty’ of Möðruvellir and of Einarr þveræingr ‘from Þverá’ (Eþver). Like Einarr, he is credited with a single stanza occasioned by a threat to Icelandic independence. Finnur Jónsson (Skj AI, 100, BI, 95) dates his death to c. 985.

Lausavísa — EValg LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘ Eyjólfr Valgerðarson, Lausavísa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 276. <> (accessed 24 May 2022)


Skj: Eyjólfr Valgerðarson: Lausavísa, o. 976 (AI, 100, BI, 95); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: I, 276

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1 — EValg Lv 1I

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Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyjólfr Valgerðarson, Lausavísa 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 276.

Selit maðr vápn við verði;
verðr dynr, ef má, sverða;
verðum Hropts at herða
hljóð; eigum slǫg rjóða.
Vér skulum Gorms af gǫmlu
Gandvíkr þokulandi
— hǫrð, es vôn, at verði
vápnhríð — sonar bíða.

Selit maðr vápn við verði; {dynr sverða} verðr, ef má; verðum at herða {hljóð Hropts}; eigum rjóða slǫg. Vér skulum bíða {sonar Gorms} af gǫmlu þokulandi Gandvíkr; es vôn, at verði {hǫrð vápnhríð}.

May no man sell his weapon for a price; {a tumult of swords} [BATTLE] will come about if it can; we must vigorously pursue {the noise of Hroptr <= Óðinn>} [BATTLE]; we have to redden weapons. We must wait for {the son of Gormr} [= Haraldr] from the ancient mist-land of Gandvík; there is expectation that {a harsh weapon-storm} [BATTLE] will come about.

texts: Jvs 2

editions: Skj Eyjólfr Valgerðarson: Lausavísa (AI, 100; BI, 95); Skald I, 55, NN §2435; Fms 11, 43, Fms 12, 237, Jvs 1882, 36, Jvs 1969, 100, 211.


AM 291 4° (291) 12v, 16 - 12v, 19 (Jvs)  transcr.  image  
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